TYLER – Community members joined representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Smith County, Tyler Mayor Pro Tem Martin Heines, and other community leaders for the Wall Raising Ceremony of Habitat’s 100th home built in Smith County. The event took place at 1702 North Spring Avenue in Tyler on Monday morning. “The citizens of Smith County have supported our work for nearly 25 years, so we want the 100th home to be a community-wide event,” said Jack Wilson, Habitat’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have come to this milestone because of the generous people of our community.” Read the rest of this entry »
TYLER — Dropping temperatures this fall mean many of us turn to space heaters for comfort. But according to KETK, all too often we’ve seen destruction, even death they leave behind when used incorrectly. Tyler firefighters say the supreme commandment when it comes to space heaters is never leave one unattended. But this time of year, the people who answer the call for help guarantee space heaters will be the culprit behind many calls to house fires. Firefighters point out that the devices are not designed to heat entire homes, but that’s what they see them used for. Firefighters remind users that space heaters should only be on for a short period of time.
TYLER — Smith County officials are looking for a missing woman. KETK reports Elizabeth Hamilton, 28, was last seen October 25 at 1:30 a.m. Hamilton had left a note saying she was going to the store for cigarettes when she left in her mother’s vehicle, a 2004 beige Cadillac SRX with Texas license plate BHZ0217. Hamilton has not been seen or heard from since, and her phone is turned off. She is 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes, a thin build, tattoos including stars on her left wrist, a lock on her inner right forearm, and a skull tattoo on one of her calves. It is unknown what she was last wearing. Her mother, Lynn Day, has said it is possible that she is in Kilgore or Atlanta, Texas. Anyone who sees Elizabeth is asked to call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office immediately.
PALM BEACH, FL — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified the body found Thursday in a sugarcane field as the missing Palm Beach County school nurse. According to deputies, the missing person case is now a homicide investigation. Kimberly Lindsey, 49, formerly of Jacksonville, Texas, vanished Sunday after returning to her Palm Beach Gardens home. Her ex-husband, considered to be the main suspect, has been found dead. Albert Lambert is said to have died from a drug overdose. He was found dead at a sister’s house in Miami. Read the rest of this entry »
CHIRENO (AP) — An East Texas woman has been recognized for her 80-year unbroken membership in her church. Lilly Stone joined the Chireno United Methodist Church in 1933, when she was 8 years old. The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches reports that Stone was recently awarded a plaque signed by the church’s bishop and district superintendent honoring her longtime membership. Stone says, “It was a shock. I really didn’t know how long I had been a member. I didn’t think about it.” Stone joined the church while living with her grandmother, whose house abutted the church’s parsonage. Stone celebrated her 88th birthday on Thursday. Chireno is a town of about 400 people in Nacogdoches County.
SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue base and pavement repairs on State Highway 135 between Troup and Arp. A second crew is scheduled to continue edge repairs on Farm Road 2710 between Farm Road 16 in Lindale and Farm Road 14 near Red Springs. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Read the rest of this entry »
NACOGDOCHES — A one vehicle accident in Nacogdoches County has left one person dead. Killed when his pickup left the road, overturned and hit a tree was Robert Earl Davis, 57, of Nacogdoches. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The Department of Public Safety report says Davis was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The accident happened shortly after 8:15 Saturday night on U.S, Highway 59, just north of County Road 254.
LONGVIEW — Longview Police are looking for a man involved in several vehicle burglaries around Longview. Two of these burglaries occurred at Gorman McCracken. The suspect is believed to be a white or Hispanic male who is possibly using a CO2 pellet gun to break the vehicle windows and then stealing items inside the vehicles. If anyone has any information on these burglaries or the suspect they are asked to call Detective Rebecca Reeves at 903-237-1199 or contact Gregg County CrimeStoppers.
LONGVIEW — A Longview man is being held in jail under a $100,500 bond after being arrested on drug charges. According to KETK, Billy Don Pirtle, 47, was arrested around 10:30 Friday night in the 1300 block of East Marshall Avenue after police noticed the vehicle he was in matched the description of a vehicle suspected in multiple burglaries. After searching his vehicle, police learned that Pirtle had a warrant out for his arrest and had been arrested previously for reckless driving, aggravated robbery, possession of a controlled substance, and evading arrest.
A search of the vehicle turned up a cloth bag that contained a set of scales, 15 pre-packaged baggies with methamphetamine weighing 7.2 grams and 17 methadone pills. Pirtle was booked into the Gregg County Jail on charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams and manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance of more than 200 grams but less than 400 grams.
TATUM — A Tatum ISD teacher is on administrative leave after allegations she had an improper relationship with a male student. According to the Longview News-Journal, an investigation began October 25. Three days later, Tatum ISD Superintendent Dee Hartt told Tatum Police the district was conducting an internal investigation into allegations the female teacher sent inappropriate messages to the male student via Facebook and text message. The teacher had been placed on administrative leave. The News-Journal did not identify the teacher because she has not been charged with a crime.
The John Tyler Lions defeated the Nacogdoches Dragons 37-14 on Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. JT’s win sets up a showdown with Whitehouse on November 8. Quarterback Geo McCollister threw a touchdown pass to Rodney Bendy and scored on a four yard run to pace the Lions’ attack. JT also added a pair of touchdown runs from Jeremy Wilson and one from Dyran McDuff. Nacogdoches brought a productive offense into the contest, but the John Tyler defense shut them out in the second half. The Lions finished the night with a 451 to 183 advantage in total yardage. John Tyler heads into their final week battle against Whitehouse with a 7-2 record and a 4-0 mark in district 16-4A.
TYLER — The U.S. Marshals Service Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force arrested Jason Lee Oliver Friday. According to KETK, officials say Oliver had been a fugitive from Smith County for exactly three years. He’d been wanted by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office since November 1, 2010. His warrants included two felony indictments of assault family violence and evading arrest with prior conviction. Oliver was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for these offenses, but failed to surrender for the service of his sentence, according to authorities. Oliver’s criminal history includes convictions for assault, theft, possession of marijuana, evading arrest, and failure to I.D. as a fugitive. Read the rest of this entry »
TYLER — Tyler police have cited a man allegedly responsible for two incidents of inappropriate contact. According to a news release, “Thanks to the media and public the Tyler Police Department received numerous tips on the identity of the suspect wanted in connection to assault by contact of a female victim at Wal-Mart on Troup Highway. Investigators also determined that he was also responsible for the incident at Target.” Police identify the suspect as Chaz Aaron Sansone, 24, of Jacksonville. Officials say Sansone was found, issued two citations for Class C assault, and released. Read the rest of this entry »
LONGVIEW — Authorities are bringing renewed attention to an incident last spring. According to the Longview Police Department, on Thursday, June 13, an unknown woman attempted to withdraw money from an account at a local bank. KETK reports the suspect allegedly used a driver’s license that had been tampered with. If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Longview Police Department or Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-STOP (7867).
TYLER — Tyler Junior College is growing by leaps and bounds. According to KETK, trustees this week discussed plans for upcoming campus construction. On the agenda: a new dorm, a health center which is under construction, and expanding the energy center on the West Campus. Trustees say the school’s already bulging at the seams. Board President John Hills says there’s currently a 500-person waiting list. A lot of those students are from outside the area, so Hills says if there’s not student housing available, a lot of those students wind up going to another school where they can get housing. According to Hills, college officials plan to have all the new buildings finished by the fall of 2015.
TYLER — Tyler police need your help identifying the suspect allegedly responsible for walking out of Wal-Mart on Troup Highway. with a flat screen TV and other items without paying for them on Friday, October 25. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833).
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (ABC/Staff) — The daughters of a missing East Texas native, now a Florida school nurse, have made a tearful plea for help to find their mother. 49-year-old Kimberly Lindsey, originally from Jacksonville, Texas, mysteriously went missing earlier this week without a trace. Lindsey’s aunt, Gina Lindsey Priest, contacted our news partner KETK. Priest told the TV station authorities, family members, and friends are concerned for Lindsey’s well-being. Read the rest of this entry »
TYLER — Smoke alarms are a vital part of any home fire escape plan, according to local fire officials. According to the Tyler Fire Department, the alarms can provide the early warning needed for occupants to safety evacuate their home in the event of a fire emergency. It is estimated that approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes that do not have smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. Statistics indicate that citizens who have working smoke alarms inside their homes can cut their chance of dying in a home fire in half. It is because of these continuing statistics that the Tyler Fire Department reminds area residents to take this opportunity to change the batteries in their smoke alarms throughout their homes. Read the rest of this entry »
LONGVIEW — A man convicted Thursday morning of fatally driving into a bicyclist in Liberty City has received a seven-year prison sentence. Andrew Martin Shelton, 50, faced up to 20 years. He was convicted and sentenced for assault causing serious bodily injury or death. 31-year-old Brian Carr died in July 2011, two weeks after being struck. He was able to describe the driver of a white van who approached him as he lay on the ground but then fled. Read the rest of this entry »
TYLER — A man has been severely burned in Tyler after his costume caught fire. It happened just before 6:45 Thursday night in the 2100 block of Holly Leaf Drive. Fire Marshall Paul Findley says the man in his late 40s suffered extensive burns of varying degrees over multiple parts of his body. Bystanders extinguished the flames. The man was taken to a Tyler hospital for treatment and later flown to a Dallas hospital. The initial report was the fire may have started from a cigarette. The investigation into the incident continues.
TYLER — Tyler firemen responded Thursday night to a report of a dorm fire at Texas College at 2400 Grand. The call came in shortly after 9:15. Arriving units reported no smoke or fire. Fire Marshall Paul Findley said firefighters initially indicated a potential electrical cause and noted a tripped circuit breaker in the dormitory. There were no injuries and the investigation continues.
LUFKIN — A woman has died from a Lufkin stabbing and a suspect is in custody. Officers had been looking for Richard Wayne Taylor, 51. He is a suspect in the stabbing of his wife Thursday afternoon at the Ministry in Action apartment complex. The woman, identified as Shirley Taylor, died at Lufkin Memorial Hospital just before 6:00 last night. About an hour earlier, Richard was arrested by Corrigan police officers. At the time, he had been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. That will likely be upgraded to murder.
PALESTINE — A Palestine man was sentenced to a total of 375 years in prison on five counts of sexual assault of a child Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson County Courthouse. KETK reports a jury of eight men and four women reached verdicts of 75 years on each count for Willis Demond Carwell, 32. That followed a sentencing hearing which started on Monday. Carwell had earlier pleaded guilty to the assaults, which are second degree felonies. However, the possible punishment range was increased to a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 99 years or life because Carwell had been to prison for burglary of a habitation. The victim is now 15 years old.
TYLER — The Texas Medical Board and Gregory Scott Terrell, M.D., of Tyler have entered into an Agreed Order of Suspension, suspending Dr. Terrell’s Texas medical license. According to KETK, the parties entered into the agreement October 18. The board says it’s effective until such time as Terrell appears before the board and provides clear and convincing evidence that he is competent to safely practice medicine. The board found Dr. Terrell was arrested July 31 for diversion of controlled substances for another person’s use. Read the rest of this entry »